This film features an eccentric but talented artist who, apart from drawing and painting, makes videos, constructs mechanical installations exhibited in galleries, and who has become deeply involved with the theory of Optography. This was first explored in the 19th century and promotes the idea that the last image seen immediately prior to death is retained on the retina of an eye and which can subsequently be recovered. The film, made in 2015 was shot in HD video.
Have you ever wondered how precious old coins are discovered in the ground and who the people are that discover them? This film visits a farm in Hampshire with just such a person and sees how objects are found. We learn what happens to valuable finds and some of the problems that can arise.
This is the story of a remarkable man who, after suffering traumatic experiences in his native China, was recruited by the owner of a private Caribbean island to oversee the development and maintenance of the wild island landscape. Dr Liao, who, in China, had struggled to enter school, finally obtained a degree in Ornithology in China before coming to the Caribbean. The setting for this film is Guana Island, almost totally undeveloped and populated by at most thirty guests and as many staff, is unique in its rugged unspoilt beauty. The film was made in 2006 and shot on digital HD.
Alpaca fleece is one of the most sought after fibres by the fashion industry. Alpacas have been bred and farmed in this country for some years but what happens to the fleece once it has been shorn off the animals? This film explores one of the specialist mills that processes the fleece.
This award winning film tells the story of the 86 year old last surviving member of the most famous string quartet of the 20th century, The Amadeus. Martin Lovett was the English born cellist in the quartet and is the only living member. He remembers his experiences with the quartet, the worldwide travels, and adventures, and we see and hear him playing music today as well as in rare archive footage from his youth. Documentary film maker Michael Slowe's family knew all the members of the quartet and his relationship with Martin Lovett has been of great help in the making of the film. Made in 2012 the film was shot in digital HD.
The Leader of The Pack is a Russian named Dima Yeremenko, known throughout the Hampstead area of North London as a genius with dogs. He walks other people's dogs on Hampstead Heath, trains them, runs his own dog school and participates in dog shows. Dogs talk to him, obey his every command and are receptive to him in a remarkable way. This film shows him at work and we can only marvel.
Melissa is a Trapeze Artist and has performed in many parts of the world. This film is about her training and the way she approaches this unusual occupation. We see her performing abroad in a circus as well as a night club in London's West End and she explains some of the problems that she has to face in this environment. Made in 2004 and shot on digital video, the film has won major awards,
In the cosmopolitan North London village of Hampstead there is a pub theatre founded in the 1970's and run by a talented and interesting couple. Every Sunday evening they run an 'open mic' event (Moon at Night), where artists, musicians and poets can present their work. This film features just such an evening with all its eccentricities. Shot in 2016 on HD video.
Ever been close up inside a top chef's kitchen? This film by documentary film maker Michael Slowe takes us into one such kitchen and we observe chef Luke Holder instruct his staff and guide a group of trainees as they prepare a meal for the boss of the company and his media guests. There's action, pressure and colour as kitchen staff respond to orders with the age old phrase, "Oui Chef".
When Arsenal played their football in their old stadium at Highbury, in North London, they had a Head Groundsman named Steve Braddock who habitually won the annual nomination of Best Groundsman. This film follows Steve doing his magic throughout the year, around 1998. The film maker had privileged access and we are able to accompany Steve and his assistant, Paul Burgess, and witness the fascinating process of ensuring the best playing surface in the country. The film was shot on an early digital video camera.